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March 1st.--Held the first lovefeast at Apostles. Our congregations continue to our Mission-hall. There was a large altendance, and seventeen spoke in a plain, February 8th.-Our door-collections earnest, and decided manner; and it was a are about two-thirds larger than they were season of great blessing. A Committee some time since; so that we are being has been appointed to promote the build- encouraged in our financial struggles. ing of a new Mission church, which is April 4th.–At our last sacramental much needed, in order to the develop- service we had seventy communicants, out ment of our work. An encouraging of ninety church-members. God is blessmovement has been for some weeks ing us with spiritual life. We have been observable among the younger members favoured with instances of clear and of our congregations. On Sabbath nights sound conversion ; and I have now strong we have had penitents crying for mercy, confidence in the success of this important and some have found peace with God. We Mission. are adding to our numbers, and our people [There are many affecting entries in are pervaded with the spirit of prayer. this Jourual relating to the fearful scourge
of typhus fever which has visited Dum. 10. DUMBARTON.- From the Journal of barton :-"Several of our people have lost the Rev. Joseph Butters.—January 18th. children: a friend “lost brother and -Last Sunday evening I commenced a son : " "many adults are dying." "One course of sermons. I am induced to do of our members died; his sister took the this, because a course of morning sermons infection, and also died. They were has been successful. The people followed buried in the same grave.” “I think me from subject to subject ; many carefully there is not a family belonging to our preparing themselves by diligent reading. congregation which has not been visited On Wednesday evenings I am going in by the fever, and in more than half of these regular course through the Acts of the families some have died."]
GENERAL RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
[The extracts which appear in our pages under the head of “General Religious Intelligence" are carefully taken from the most trustworthy sources at our command. We cannot undertake, however, to answer for the propriety, in all cases, of their literary style; to guarantee, in every instance, the accuracy of dates, or of the naines of persons and places; or to endorse all the views which, on particular subjects connected with evangelical enterprise, agents of the various Religious Societies and Committees may advance.]
“Trieste, the site of the most southern SCRIPTURES.--Mr. Millard, the Society's of our depôts, is a place of the utmost indefatigable agent at Vienna, obtained the importance, both on account of its comsanction of the Committee for opening a merce, and as the metropolis of the southdepôt at Trieste, the most important mari. ern provinces of the extensive Austrian time station in the Austrian empire. No empire. As a free seaport, extensively systematic effort for the circulation and connected with the Levant, it has a conpublic sale of the Scriptures had been stant influx from countries steeped in previously attempted, nor, in fact, had ignorance and spiritual darkness, to which been practicable. There is a very mixed the Gospel has not yet penetrated, or, at population resident in Trieste, drawn from least, where it now appears in a form as various nationalities, and speaking many far different as is well possible from the languages. It is also visited by a largc model given in the Scriptures of God. number of sailors from the ports in the The city of Trieste is the seat of the im. Levant and Mediterranean. To place the perial authorities, and of numerous public Word of God within the reach of these establishments; and is, in point of intelliclasses was the object proposed, and the gence, to a remarkable extent, in advance result has been such as to attest the value of the rural districts. As a result of these and usefulness of the depôt. 'The follow. circumstances, the character of the place is ing interesting statement has beru farvery peculiar. It is, indeed, pre-eminently nished by Mr. Millard :
Italian, and will probably become so more and more; but it contains considerable lation and their priests we have as yet Armenian, English, Greek, German, and found very little sympathy. One schoolother colonies. It is the hope of gain which master promised to forward our work; but unites all these nationalities, and the busy he has done nothing to carry his promise pursuit of things temporal' thrusts the into effect. A priest, on whom we called, remembrance of the one thing needful' refused to have anything to do with us ; but too much into the background. A wild another observed that the Bible might be chase after wealth, and an extravagant use of some use as a school-book, but what use of it, when obtained, form the characteristic could he or any grown-up person make of features of this place.
it ? "The Bible Society's depôt is situated “ The Romish Church and the Romish in the very lively Via Ponte Rosso, near population are of the common stamp. It the centre of the Corso, the focus peculiar must, however, be stated, that the Romish to all Italian cities. A large sign-board, clergy have fallen into a state of contempt with the inseription,' Vendita delle Sante such as cannot well be described. We Seritture del Vecchio e Nuoro Testamento,' have heard statements made, freely and together with the copies exposed to view publicly, such as we cannot repeat. The in the window and at the door, attract the bitterness of spirit prevailing against them notice of the public. Advertisements and aniongst the people can scarcely gain huge placards at the street corners an- greater dimensions. On the other hand, nounced the opening of the depôt; and it it is evident that, especially among the would be difficult to describe the impres- lower classes of the Italian population, a sion this event made on the population of spirit of inquiry is awakening. Trieste. The window was besieged by "One day a young Englishman entered crowds ; every one expressed astonishment; the depôt, accompanied by a young Italian, the countenances of the numerous Romish a Roman Catholic. The latter had alpriests showed sometimes anger, sometimes ready a Bible; but he looked at our edi. contempt, rarely satisfaction. People tions with the utmost suspicion. We had came in masses, examined the editions, an opportunity of conversing with him asked for catalognes, and some bought pretty fully about the Scriptures, and we copies. Many expressed, in the lively had the pleasure to see that his reserve manfier peculiar to the Italians, their joy melted away completely. He expressed and gratification, and promised to give us himself highly satisfied with his visit, and their co-operation.
Rightly to understand said he would now recommend our Bibles the vivid effect made by our depôt, it must to all his friends. He was very glad to be remembered that thus far it was gene- find we entertained no proselytizing rally believed that the sale of the Bible schemes in favour of any particular denowas not allowed ; nay, that it was not safe mination, and that we merely wished to read it, otherwise than with locked to disseminate the Word of God, as showdoors, and that a copy could not be bad ing the way of salvation for all parties and under six or ten florins. The bookseller, all nations. A man from the neighbourthrough whose hands a few copies occa- ing Italian proviuce of Udine expressed his sionally passed, has told us that people lively joy that the Bible was now being nsed to come into his shop very timidly, freely sold in Austria. He told us a great and drawing him into a quiet nook, deal about the operations of the Bible whisper into his ear very cautiously that Society in Italy, and spoke of the Society they wished to have a Bible; they would with much affection and reverence. He then, with the most solemn asseverations, said ihc Scriptures supplied by the Society promise to let no one know. And, as if had driven him and many others out of the the greatest favour had been conferred Romish Church; and that he now followed upon them, they would gladly pay an ex- the Lord Jesus, and Him aloue. He orbitant price, and, carefully concealing belongs to the Free Italian Church,'--an their treasure under their clothes, slink association which seems not yet to have home with it in safety.
come to any definite conclusion as to its "Amongst the population of Trieste, creed and its constitution. Speaking of his amounting to one hundred and twenty thou- conversion, the good man laid his hand on sand souls, there are abont three hundred the Bible, and said that was his greatest English, one thousand two hundred Luth- treasure, and it was his delight to disseminate erans, chiefly German, and one hundred it among those who did not yet know it. and ten reformed,German, Swiss, and “ Several facchini ("day-labourers ') have French. Some of each of these we have bought the New Testament, some an had the pleasnre to see at the depôt. entire Bible, and they seem to read it with
"Among the Greek and Servian popu- great interest. They say, 'In our
churches we understand nothing of what laboured for some time among the natives our priests say: we wish to read and ex- of Tinnevelly, but at last departed, despairamine what the Lord Jesus Himself has ing of any large amount of success; while, said. With many the hatred of Rome is per contra, the joint labours of our Pro intense, and generally they freely express testant Missionary Societies have been it; but some are not without deeper reli- rewarded by thousands of true native gious convictions and a measure of expe- Christian converts. rience; and in a few we have found evi. “The Roman Catholic Propaganda dence of a hearty love to the Lord Jesus. employs more than one method to win It frequently happens that those who have souls; it knows how to make use of the bought a copy return, after a few days, in inost diverse occasions both of time and company with other persons.”— Bible place. In the seventeenth century, Society Reporter.
beneath the guise of science, it penetrated
into China; and it was under the title of Romish MISSIONS AT SOUTHERN astronomer that the illustrious Matthieu TONG-King.-The following account of Ricci held his place at the Court of Pekin. the efforts of the Romish Propaganda to And in our own times, it is as engineers introduce Missions into the Anamite and professors of science that our mission. empire is, on several accounts, not devoid of aries are about to repair to the capital of interest. These extensive regions, border- the Anamite empire, to become confidants ing China on the south-east, are, as yet, in the court of Hue. Some months ago little known to ourselves; while it has announced that Mgr. Gauthier, long been an object of political and com- Apostolic Vicar of Tong-King, South, had mercial ambition to the French to obtain arrived in Paris, commissioned by the a footing among the people. Before the Emperor Tu-Duc with an official mission. Revolution of 1792 the French had Mgr. took advantage of his sojourn founded a colony there, from which, how. in France to gather together all which ever, they were soon driven ; but, after might contribute to the advancement of some severe fighting, they have lately re- science, mechanical arts, agriculture, and established themselves in the empire, and iudustry in the Auamite empire; and with gained the Emperor's good will. The this object he made considerable purchases narrative describes the devices generally in the name of the government of Hue. resorted to by the Jesuits in carrying out “But what is most worthy of remark their ostensibly Christian Missions among is the striking change which has taken the heathens." While secular attainments place, and in so short a time, in the opinand pursuits, not implying a denial of ions and conduct of him who has so often his religion, may legitimately be used by a shed martyrs' blood. Satisfied as to the Christian missionary to obtain access to fidelity of the Christians, who had retained ignorant heathens, the Jesuit missionaries their allegiance to him amid the most have grievously sinned in availing them. serious agitations, perhaps also intimidated selves of these openings--not to teach by the splendour of our victories in those the pure Christianity revealed in God's remote regions of the world, Tu-Duc has inspired Word, and based on the promise deemed it expedient to put an end to his of salvation through faith in the vica- former cruelties ; and it must be said, rious sacrifice and all-sufficient merits that for some years past he has manifested of a Divine Redeemer, but a spurious sentiments hardly to have been expected Christianity, differing in nothing essential from such a prince. Not only has he put from heathenism, by having equally the an end to all persecution, but, what is still pardon of sin through human merit for its more astonishing, he has made great chief foundation. The Jesuit missionaries efforts to introduce into his dominions that thus admit as Christian converts all Western civilization which he formerly heathens who consent to receive the sacra- detested, and whose representatives he ments of baptism and the Eucharist, with treated with such rigour. out any evidences of conversion of heart ; "Desirous of initiating his mandarins and they often unfaithfully allow their in the knowledge of arts and sciences, Toalleged converts to retain some of their Duc has requested Mgr. Gauthier to go to idolatrous pagan ceremonies; their main France to seek for priests, philosophers, object, in fact, being to swell out the num. naturalists, and engineers, willing to debers gained over to their apostate Church. vote their powers and their talents to the The consequence has been, that their service of this country, henceforward labours bave hitherto met with very little thrown open to the blessings of civilizasuccess, either in India, China, or else- tion and faith."--Semaine Religieuse (a where. A body of Portuguese Jesuits Roman Catholic journal),
THEATRE-SERVICES IN LONDON.—No Many of our Ragged churches, however. one can visit the byways of London or are more attended by the destitute than by other great cities without perceiving that the outcast classes. Thus in most Ragged Sunday is the great gala day of our social Churches the class known as “roughs” outlaws. In the alleys of St. Giles's, and only occasionally attend; and when they amid the ruins of the Devil's Acre, they may do come, by a species of moral affinity, be seen any fine Sunday afternoon by they speedily form knots, shouting, stamphundreds, dressed in fustian or in faded ing, and grimacing. Not rarely they have finery. But what are they doing on that to be forcibly expelled ; the more civilized sacred day? Are they listening to out-door attendants, who regard them with no preaching? Nay; for they are smoking, favour, eagerly volunteering to eject them. gambling, “larking," and not rarely, Yet, after all, these—shall we say wild stripped to the waist, fighting. Their beasts ?-are but samples of what humanlanguage is too terrible to pen ; for it is not ity is, when it is unrestrained by the too much to say that every fourth word is grace of God. We are then called to an oath or an offence to decency, whilst most warn them, " in season, out of season," of of their actions are too vile to depict. It “ the wrath to come,” or else we shall need scarcely be said, then, that the Sab. have to meet them at the Great Assize, bath chimes awaken no echo in their with their blood staining our garments. souls; for what is the sanctnary to men (Ezek. iii. 18.) For the resurrection-law whose avowed creed is, “A short life and of Christ has not been repealed,—“Preach a merry one?” Content thus to live the Gospel to every creature,” whether old without God, they die without hope, and or young, be he moralist or outlaw; and that in a land where the Gospel of the happily this injunction implies that no one grace of God is taught in thousands of is too vile to find the grace treasured up pupits every Lord's day.
in Jesus. But even a class so far above this, Facts like these led some Christian men, morally, that they would shudder to be under the leadership of Lord Shaftesbury, classed with such social wrecks, namely, about eight years ago, to engage various our stalwart labourers, do not spend their theatres and music-halls as centres of Sundays in any better way. For the bulk evangelization ; or, in other words, to Dot only say, but really think, that religion preach to the “ roughs" of London. Conwas meant solely for the well-to-do classes, ducted by ministers and others who really and not for labouring men. Hence, if, believe that there is a hell, and one way only like the dangerous ” classes, they permit of escaping it, such services have attracted their children to attend Sunday or Ragged large masses of those who as much shun. sehools, it is not from any sense of reli- ned the house of prayer as if it were a gion, but solely to get them out of their lazar-house. But even more than this : way on the only day they can do as they the rich spiritual fruit which has come out
of these services proves that the Gospel is Need we say that classes, like these not that effete thing which some modern described require to be reached by some pseudo-philosophers, who are ignorant of Special Gospel agency? They are mostly its power, describe it to be. Robber too old for Ragged-schools, even if the and harlot-men steeped to the lips in pride of manhood did not preclude their crime, and women sin-stained and worldattendance. It was this fact that first weary--some of these are living such siggested the use of our larger Ragged- lives of devoted service as to put hereditary schools as preaching stations on the Lord's Christians to the blush. day. Soch services--significantly called It appears, by the last report of the "Ragged churches"-are now held in nearly managers of these theatre-services, that ge hundred Ragged Schools, with an aggre- during the past scason the Surrey Theatre, gate attendance of about six thousand. the Pavilion, Whitechapel, Sadler's Wells, Many of these preaching-stations are aided, and the City of London Theatre have been pecuniarily and otherwise, by a sister thus engaged. In addition, services have society, the "Ragged-Church Union.” The been held in music-halls in Shoreditch, largest are conducted by unpaid preachers; Edgware-road, and Marylebone. In these who, so that they may declare the services ministers of every denomination ansearchable riches of Christ” to their have cordially engaged: thus gladly placing oatcast or destitute brethren, heed not the their views of church-discipline in abeystrange attire, or the sin-worn phyai- ance, if haply they might win souls. It is ognomy, of their inotley congregations. estimated that above two hundred thousand By such meaus hundreds have been won persons, chiefly men, were thus brought to Jesus.
under the sound of the Gospel.
From the“ Record” we abridge the follow- and an equally blind unbelief on the ing notice of a service held in the other. The hope, under God, is, that Standard Theatre, Shoreditch. It was Bible truth may find its way between opened for the first time for the preaching them; and it is for this that we should of the Gospel on February 10th, and pray and labour, wherever there is an attracted an immense number of men opening. Such an opening is presented from the districts of vice and misery of in this case. In a most remarkable way, the east of London. At a moderate cal. the Austrian empire, once as much closed culation there could not have been less to the Bible as China, has gained religious than three thousand persons assembled. One liberty. The seeds of the old half-forgotwho was present at the opening of the doors, ten truths are springing from the soil
, for a considerable time scanned the people where God has not suffered them to die
, as they entered. Without doubt they and there are men raised up to nurse and were the very class whose absence from water them. They are men in whose our regular places of worship recent con- principles and character we have every ferences in London and Liverpool have confidence, and who are proving their lamented. The order of the people during self-denial and zeal in great privations. the service, from the first moment of This, too, may be considered, that in entering the house, was an example to these countries we are touching the edge many of the attendants at our more of a wide-spread nationality. The powerpopular places of worship.—Bulwark. ful Sclavonic race, to which they belong,
numbers sixty millions in Europe. It PROTESTANTISM IN BOHEMIA has evidently a great future before it, MORAVIA.— In closing the notices of this politically, and something should be done year (1867) we may observe that, while to gain it for the Gospel. Through the nothing of a striking character has oc- Protestants of Bohemia, Moravia, and curred, there is evidence of life and pro- Hungary, we have a door into the very, gress in the work which is being carried heart of it.- Report of Evangelical on. Only a few years ago, Protestantism, Operations : Glasgow. in Bohemia and Moravia, was almost entirely dormant; but it is wakening up to IRELAND AND THE ROmish CHURCH.a sensc of its wants, and increasing efforts A correspondent of " Christian Work" are being put forth by the people them- calls attention once more to the remarkable selves to meet them. The Christian edu. readiness of English people to concede at cation of their own children is the first felt present even more than the Romish necessity; and, so far as we can judge bishops want, the steady, if gradual, retheir circumstances, no great advance can moval of disabilities, and the fact that be made till the means for this are secured. Protestants suffer much inconvenience and They are already raising sums for this pur- many misgivings from the dominance of pose, which, considering their poverty, are Romish exclusiveness in education, and of very creditable. But foreign help seems, Romish arrogance in public life. After a meanwhile, indispensable. The great diffi- hundred and eighty years a lord mayor culty lies in the commencement of some in. of Dublin has attended a Roman Catholic stitutions for training teachers and students, chapel in state, and Roman Catholic in their own country, and through their own judges of assize proceed with the same language. The aim is to make evangelical pomp to chapel as their Protestant brethren religion once more a child of the Bohe- to church. The Ecclesiastical Titles Bill mian soil. Nothing permanent is gained is as entirely disregarded as if it had never till this is done. But if, with God's been passed; and Protestants are promised blessing, this step were attained, there is a good-natured but restricted toleration, a hopeful prospect of success. The old such as is consistent with the Catholicism traditions of national greatness turn to the of Spain. For the time, too, Catholicism period when the Gospel was the word of has gained strength, partly from inter freedom. It is at a time like this, when marriage, partly from the displacement of the minds of many are recoiling from the the old Protestant shopkeeper in the despotism and superstition of Ultramon- country town by his enterprising Roman tanism, that we should do all in our power Catholic neighbour ; partly from the emito keep them from the sad extreme of gration of the Protestant farmer out of infidelity and license. No one who Ulster, and the immigration of the Roman watches with any thoughtfulness the Catholic in his room. It is stronger in state of Europe just now, can help seeing spirit, unwearied in its activity, marvelthat this is the most threatening aspect of lously carnest, admirably organized. Yet, the times, a blind bigotry on the one side, though Protestant teaching has made do